Skanda is regarded as the supreme
commander of the Gods and the destroyer of evil forces. He is also regarded as the epitome
of knowledge. He is revered as an infant, as a child - (Balasubramanian), as a
handsome and romantic prince (Valli Manavaalan - Azhagan Murugan), as an
invincible warrior - ruler, and also as a mature renunciate. There is a wealth of
literature centered around Murugan.
Skanda is regarded as the son of Shiva
and Parvati and hence the brother of Ganesha. There is a
shrine to Skanda in all Saivite temples in Tamilnadu, and likewise there are shrines to
Shiva and Parvati in all temples dedicated to Skanda.
Valli - the daughter of a tribal
ruler and Deivayanai or Devasena the daughter of Indra
the King of Devas are the consorts of Skanda. Skanda is also revered as the nephew of Vishnu
and is referred to as Maal Marugan. The rich mythology surrounding Skanda
hence revolves around all of the above mentioned manifestations of Divinity.
for the legend relating to the manifestation of Skanda as the epitome of knowledge - Gnana
Panditan, Velimalai for the colorful legend involving the
romance between Skanda and Valli, Tirupparamkunram
for legends relating to Skanda's wedding with Devasena.